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The Los Angeles Lakers pose for a team photo after the won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.   (Source: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Best NBA Team In Each Of The Past Five Decades

The Miami Heat are playing in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals and are looking pull off the extremely rare three-peat. Doing so would likely cement them as the team of the 2010’s despite there still being half the decade to go. Being the dominant team of an entire decade brings one word to mind…dynasty. With the Heat working towards adding themselves to the exclusive list of teams with the dynasty label, let’s turn back the clock and see which teams could be considered the best of their decades.

06/11/2014

27. Los Angeles Lakers (20-39)

Lakers Hit Rock Bottom Against Clippers

For decades the Los Angeles Lakers have been the measuring stick for NBA franchises. But eventually everything that is on top will fall to the bottom and that may have happened to the Lakers Thursday night.

CBS Miami–03/07/2014

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Lakers’ Playoff Hopes Fading With Each Loss

Miami Heat fans have been doing a lot of hand wringing as of late due to the team’s repeated rebounding woes contributing to a few losses. But the Heat is in first place, something another team of superstars out west are nowhere near.

CBS Miami–01/10/2013

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat reacts during Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder  at American Airlines Arena on June 21, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Miami & Los Angeles Paying Big For Coming NBA Season

The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers are the odds on favorites to play for the NBA championship next June and their payrolls are proof of that.

CBS Miami–08/22/2012

Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

Dwight Howard Mega-Deal Alters NBA Balance Of Power

The sports world’s long national Dwightmare is over, but it’s just beginning for opponents of the Los Angeles Lakers who took the super team concept started by Boston and Miami to another level Thursday night.

CBS Miami–08/10/2012

Miami Heat Logo  (Source:AP)

2012-2013 Heat Schedule Released

Miami’s championship defense will begin where they won last season’s title, and the first game for the Brooklyn Nets will be at home against their now-crosstown rival.

CBS4–07/26/2012

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Heat Miss Bosh’s Presence

Over the weekend, the Miami Heat played two more games without power forward Chris Bosh. It was two straight losses to Utah and Los Angeles and it showed that Bosh may be the most important player on the team.

CBS4–03/05/2012

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LeBron Sent Home Sick Ahead Of Lakers Game

The Miami Heat will face arguably its toughest challenge of the young NBA season Thursday night when Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers come to the AmericanAirlines Arena.

CBS4–01/19/2012

Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

No Movement On Dwight Howard Trade

The Orlando Magic has the biggest trade asset in the NBA in center Dwight Howard. But to acquire him, it’s going to cost a lot in both talent and money, and it may not happen anytime soon.

CBS4–01/09/2012

Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

New Jersey Coming After Dwight Howard

The Orlando Magic has been down this road before. A superstar center wants to get out of Orlando and the team has to decide whether to trade him or squat on his rights and get nothing at the end of the season.

CBS4–11/30/2011